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Sarah Tracy

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Associate Professor of the History of Medicine and Food Studies

Director, University of Oklahoma Medical Humanities Program

Dr. Sarah Tracy

Location: Boren Hall 171
Phone: 405.325.3057


  • A.B, History and Science with Honors, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges
  • Ph.D., M.A., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Tracy’s research focuses on food and drink habits in America as they pertain to health and chronic disease from 1800 to the present. Her books include Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition (2005) and Altering American Consciousness (2004). Tracy is currently writing a biography of nutritional physiologist and epidemiologist Ancel Keys (1904-2004). Keys helped shape the western diet by developing the K Ration during WWII; conducting starvation and rehabilitation experiments to guide postwar re-feeding efforts in Europe; pursuing global epidemiological studies of diet and heart health; and championing the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in bestselling cookbooks.

Research Interests

  • History of Medicine
  • History of Alcohol and Drug Use
  • History of Public Health
  • Food Studies
  • Biography

Courses Taught

  • HON 3993 Food, Culture, and Sign
  • HON 3993 Psychoactive Substances in American Culture
  • HON 3993 Lives in Science: History of Science through Biography
  • HON 2973 Food in American Culture
  • HON 2973 American Lives: American History through Biography